Das claims first British F3 pole
Carlin driver Cameron Das claimed the first BRDC British F3 Series pole position of the season at Oulton Park. The 17-year-old American recovered from a technical blip early on in the session, to set the quickest lap time of 1:30.457s. His team mate Enaam Ahmed qualified in third place, behind Lanan Racing’s Toby Sowery.
Fortec Motorsports’ Ben Hingeley finished fourth, while James Pull made it three Carlin cars in the top three in fifth place.
Speaking about his first pole position in the series, Das said, “I’m really excited to be on pole position. Coming from the US we weren’t sure what the competition levels were going to be coming over to race in the UK, but I think our winter programme has prepared me really well for this. After my issue at the start of the session I knew I had limited time, so I was focused on giving it 100% from the word go, and I think that motivation might have been worth an extra couple of tenths!”
UPDATING: Race 1 has been rescheduled for Monday (17th April) due to barrier damage. The decision was jointly taken by the MSA Steward of the meeting and David Scott, the BRDC British Formula 3 Clerk of the Course. David Scott, the BRDC British Formula 3 Clerk of the Course, said: “In the MINI Challenge qualifying, a car left the circuit at Island Bend, causing significant damage to the barrier. Whilst the barrier was repaired by circuit staff satisfactorily for closed wheel racing to continue, it was considered unsuitable for single-seaters. The view was supported by the MSA Steward.”